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Alight is a far-future, science-fantasy RPG, still in active development. (Last update: adventure in June 2022, banner/cover art commissioned November 2022.)

Downloading now gives access to a draft of a short sample adventure, "The God Shard," plus a couple old drafts for those curious to follow the development process. 

The full text will include hyper-minimal rules with ample play advice, hundreds of strange items, and your choice of either super-quick or super-detailed character creation. Play as a bold warrior with an orbital uplink, a zealous mystic with an aura of flame, a lighthearted scout with one foot in another dimension, a zealous envoy with something to prove, or any of hundreds of other combinations. Key inspirations include Numenera, Vaults of VaarnInto the Odd, and Electric Bastionlandamong others.

Banner art by NinjaJo (Katerina Belikova, on Instagram & Linktree).


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Alight-character-preview.pdf 1 MB
ALIGHT: #TTRPGImpactJam Notes In Progress.pdf 130 kB
The God Shard.pdf 2 MB

Development log


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Do you schedule a release of the complete version?


To be honest, I don’t really schedule much at all for RPG releases, since this is my hobby and I’m a parent with a day job. 😅 That said, the full version is pretty far along — I just have some more writing to do on the GM-facing tools, and I’ve reached out to an artist to commission a cover!

Did the game get renamed? i think this used to be called QZ?

QZ is a different game, though there is some overlap in influences for sure! This one’s more far-future science fantasy (think Book of the New Sun, Dying Earth, Numenera), and QZ is weirdness in a contemporary world (think Annihilation, Roadside Picnic). 

I downloaded the Character Creation Preview and am excited to see the missing parts get filled out. Into the Odd mashed up with Numenera really floats my boat.

Thanks! I got a little carried away after that preview chapter, and had to step away for a bit to return with fresh eyes. Looking forward to getting back to it very soon!

I really adore the "adjective noun who verbs" style of character creation, so I'm very excited to see another system using a similar format. I look forward to seeing where this ends up!

Really interesting concepts here. Looking forward to learn more about this game

Thanks! Hoping to share more soon!

Seems like this is based on The Lost Puzzler, but there’s no mention of it? I just started reading (actually listening) to the book and immediately thought it should be turned into a rpg.

I’ve never heard of it, but it’s possible this influenced the sources that influenced me! My biggest influence was Numenera, which in turn appears to have been influenced largely by the books of Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe. 

Awesome either way. :D Looking forward for more!

Definitely getting this right now, and I will get it again when it's complete.

Thanks! Currently splitting time between writing this one and playtesting/editing Agents of the O.D.D.

Okay. I'm interested.

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Thanks! Looking forward to getting the full version out there! 

Will do